Tips For Staying Hydrated

Hydration is key to weight loss!

Just because its cold outside and you're not sweating or moving as much as when the gyms are open, doesn't mean you should cut back on your water intake. Dehydration can show up in many different ways such as dry skin/lips, headaches, feeling lethargic or even constipation. And when it comes to weight loss, being hydrated is an important factor. The amount of water you intake on a daily basis plays a role in transporting nutrients (& vitamins) throughout the body, digestion & metabolism, joint health and even brain function.

Here's 3 powerful tips to help you stay hydrated and drinking more water throughout the day.

  1. Get a large water bottle (at least 1L) and add 2, 3 or 4 rubber bands to it (depending how many liters you're aiming for). Each time you drink a complete bottle, take off a band. When you're left with no rubber bands, you've hit your water target for the day. Repeat this each day. If you really want to get fancy, add time markers to the bottle also so that you can stay on track all day long.
  2. Set alarms on your phone or use an app. Yes, there's an app for that! If you need too, label the alarm as 'drink water' so you know exactly what you're supposed to do when the alarm goes off. These can easily be set to repeat so you really only have to set the alarms once. Or download a water tracking app that will help you keep track. Make sure to enable the notifications so you don't forget!
  3. Infuse your water or drink herbal teas. Water doesn't always have to be plain filtered water. You can easily add in some lemon/lime or cucumber slices, mint leaves or fresh berries to change up the flavour. Adding a tea bag to either warm or cold water also makes it easier to drink liters of water and can even add in some extra antioxidants depending on the type of tea you choose.
However you choose to hold yourself accountable to your water intake each day, it's vital to stay hydrated all day long. Life can get busy, work meetings can run long & the kids can have us running all over the place. But if you're looking to make a serious impact to your health and weight loss goals, its important to be getting enough water in each day. After all, water is one of the best things you can be putting into your body on a daily basis, so don't ignore it!